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Michigan, 2008

Two "academic freedom" bills were introduced in Michigan in 2008.

Alabama, 2009

One "academic freedom" bill has been introduced in Alabama in 2009.

Alabama, 2008

One "academic freedom" bill was introduced in Alabama in 2008.

Alabama, 2006

Two "academic freedom" bills were introduced in Alabama in 2006.

Alabama, 2005

Three "academic freedom" bills were introduced in Alabama in 2005.

Alabama, 2004

The first specifically antievolution bills to invoke “academic freedom" were introduced in Alabama in 2004.

"Academic Freedom" Legislation

In recent years, most state-level legislative attacks on evolution have taken the form of "academic freedom" bills, which permit — but do not require — teachers and students to introduce creationist material into science classes. Because these bills are permissive rather than prescriptive, they may have a better chance of surviving judicial scrutiny than has past antievolution legislation.

Creationism, Ideology, and Science

by Eugenie C. Scott

Many causes and movements were discussed during the "Flight from Science and Reason" conference. Most reject science as a way of knowing, or denigrate logic or reason. Creationism differs in some important ways: supporters are science fans, not detractors, and they believe science is useful, important, and something that students should be exposed to.

In My Backyard: Creationism in California

by Eugenie C Scott

Preface

In the spring 2005 issue of California Wild, the magazine of the California Academy of Sciences, NCSE's executive director Eugenie C. Scott, a Fellow of the Academy, discussed creationism in California, in a piece entitled "In My Backyard." A section of the article briefly described controversies over evolution education in the Roseville, California, schools over the last few years.

Anti-Evolution Incidents

Anti-evolution episodes can be small or large, short or enduring, largely private or largely public. In some cases, these episodes result in legal battles and lawsuits, even reaching the United States Supreme Court. See our special section on Creationism and the Law to learn about major legal cases concerning evolution education.

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